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bread sauce recipe

Best and Better Bread Sauce

"... and let us not fail them in the matter of bread sauce, or which there never is and can hardly be enough. This is so much oftener badly mad and nasty, inste...
How to make bergamot vodka

How To Make Bergamot Vodka

This is a pretty knock-out drink in its own right – serve straight over a couple of ice cubes. But it also makes a mean variation on a Martini – substitute the ...
how to make the perfect dry martini

How To Make The Perfect Martini Cocktail

“You are my Marilyn. You are my lake full of fishes. You are my sky set, my 'Hollywood in Miniature,' my pink Cadillac, my highway, my Martini, the stage for my...
quince in syrup recipe

How To Stew Quince In Syrup

Forget eating them, it’s worth just making this for the heavenly smell which will pervade the whole house. Unless that is you are using the Pineapple variety fr...
Val McDermid with Sue Black at the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Crime Writers’ Soft Herring Roes

What actually are herring roes? Sometimes known as 'melts', soft herring roes are the creamy, rich roes of male herring. 2014 was a bad year for them, and tinn...